Grandmaster (GM) Nigel Short is scheduled to visit Jamaica from January 6-9 as a special guest of the Jamaica Chess Federation (JCF).
JCF's President Ian Wilkinson, commenting on the Grandmaster's visit said, "The Jamaica Chess Federation is honoured to have one of the world's celebrated sportsmen, International Chess Grandmaster and world championship finalist, Nigel Short, visit our lovely shores. We hope that his stay in Jamaica will be a very rewarding one."
GM Short, who became a Grandmaster in 1984, won the British Chess Championship in 1984, 1987 and 1998 and the English Championship in 1991. He played in four World Junior championships (1980-1983), and came second after Garry Kasparov in Dortmund in 1980." GM Short also played then World Champion Garry Kasparov "for the World Chess Championship, after having beating Anatoly Karpov and Jan Timman in the qualifiers." He lost 7.5-12.5 to GM Kasparov.
GM Short is currently ranked 27th in the World with a FIDE rating of 2696, and is the strongest chess player to ever visit Jamaica. Nigel Short is also scheduled to visit Cuba, Barbados, and Trinidad.
For further details see Peter Myers, "Chess Grandmaster to Lecture at Law School," 6 January 2006.
See "Island Chess TV" at JamaicaChess.com (photos & video available)